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Iowa Arboretum

1875 Peach Avenue, Madrid, IA 50156
515-795-3216
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Madrid
Type: Gardens
Owner description: A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility in scenic Boone County is an experience you won't want to miss. This site offers 40 acres developed... more » Owner description: A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility in scenic Boone County is an experience you won't want to miss. This site offers 40 acres developed as a 'Library of Living Plants' showcasing hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a tranquil scenic setting. The Iowa Arboretum displays a large and diverse display of plants that can be successfully grown in Iowa. Grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset year round. « less
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Iowa Arboretum is a beautiful place but also an educational one. You can go there and see many species of plants and trees and decide if something you are thinking of planting will be right for your spot.

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Des Moines
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and I were here on a Sunday morning and there were only 2 other couples. You are able to get to the arboretum on paved roads. Beware of GPS it may want to take you on gravel roads-the arboretum's website gives directions that will keep you on pavement. There's no cost and there's a gift shop but it... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

It is a good place for picnic,pleasant walk and enjoy the nature.There are unique plants, shrubs & trees with small name boards next to it. The daylilly flowers are awesome.Great for photography. The office staff was very kind and helpful. Maps are available in the office.Umbrellas are available for internal use at arboretum during sunny days.We appreciate & thank for... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

They have a very nice layout for the arboretum and another 300+ acres of woods with hiking trails to explore.

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Jefferson, Iowa, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We like to go there for a pleasant outing from time to time, and see how our plants, trees, and shrubs are doing compared to theirs. They have a really nice plant sale in the spring, and the workers, wheather paid or volunteer, are always very nice and helpful. Great gift shop also!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

It was a very hot day, I need to visit again next year. It was nice but I wasn't in the right frame of mind.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The arboretum is a great place to visit...beautiful. We had our wedding there, and could not have been happier! Not only was the scenery gorgeous, but the venue worked out nicely for ceremony and reception, and the staff went above and beyond to make our day perfect! They gave us all the time we needed the night before and morning... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Beautiful, peaceful. Fantastic for picnics, relaxing.

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Las Vegas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

We drove the 25 minutes from Des Moines through Grimes, and followed the signs for the Arboretum and 4-H Camp all the way (the camp is just past the Arboretum). There is a good size parking lot and plenty of seating benches and informational signs for everyone to find a way around. The grounds are well kept and there are... More

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Huxley, Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

This place is a bit tricky to find, if you don't know where it is. (There are signs to direct you. However, still a bit tricky to see.) This is an oasis in the farm lands, quite a nice surprise.

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